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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)
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John Elder Robison


John Elder Robison is a world-recognized authority on life with autism, and the New York Times bestselling author of "Look Me in the Eye," Be Different," and "Raising Cubby." His latest book, "Switched On," is an extraordinary memoir about the cutting-edge brain therapy that dramatically changed his life and mind. Robison is the neurodiversity scholar in residence at the College of William & Mary and a visiting professor of practice at Bay Path University, and he serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, which produces the U.S. government’s strategic plan for autism spectrum disorder research. A machine aficionado and avid photographer, Robison lives with his wife Maripat, a bull dog, two cats and a rare Imperial Chinese War Pug in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Scheduled events:
A Family Living with Autism
John and Maripat Robison share their experiences as a family living with autism.

UA BookStore (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: John Elder Robison, Maripat Robison
Moderator: Wendy Swartz
An Emotional Awakening
John Elder Robison shares his experiences with his participation in a 6 month study on transcranial magnetic stimulation, and how it completely changed his life.

UA BookStore (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: John Elder Robison
Moderator: Tony Paniagua
Autism Up To Now
The panel shares their perspectives on where we began as a nation in caring for those with autism and their families, and their thoughts on the future.

Koffler Room 204 (Seats 304, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: John Donvan, John Elder Robison, Caren Zucker
Moderator: Sydney Rice, MD

Books:
Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening
Science / Medicine / Technology
Spiegel & Grau
February 2017
ISBN 9780812986648
320 pages
$18.00, INSTORE
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An extraordinary memoir about the cutting-edge brain therapy that dramatically changed the life and mind of John Elder Robison, the New York Times bestselling author of Look Me in the Eye Imagine spending the first forty years of your life in darkness, blind to the emotions and social signals of other people. More/less

Look Me in the Eye
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Three Rivers
ISBN 9780307396181
Paperback, 302 pages
$16.00, INSTORE
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The author describes life growing up different in an odd family, his unusual talents, his struggle to live a "normal" life, his diagnosis at the age of forty with Asperger's syndrome, and the dramatic changes that have occurred since that diagnosis.

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Tucson Medical Center

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